There's still time to make a donation to the White Marsh police precinct for abuse victims. But don't forget: this round of the collection ends on April 28 in honor of National Crime Victim's Rights Week.
Community members may drop off non-perishable foods, clothing, small toys, cell phones, toiletries and blankets in the precinct's lobby at 8200 Perry Hall Blvd. in White Marsh.
By calling the precinct at 410-887-5000, a police officer can also pick up donated items from homes or businesses.
While items will be gathered for the shelters on April 28, the precinct will continue to collect items in the lobby year-round.
Shelters for victims of crime and domestic abuse "work side-by-side" with police, said Pfc. Misty Huber.
"As a small token of our appreciation, the least we can do is gather items to help them out," said Huber, the White Marsh police precinct's domestic violence coordinator.
Last year, Huber delivered more than 30 boxes of donated items to the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, but this year, the response from community members seems to be waning.
"We need to get the word out about this," she said.
Sgt. Angie Mickle, the precinct's community outreach coordinator, said the number of abuse and crime victims is on the rise, making the need for shelter resources greater than ever.
"When these victims flee their homes, they leave with little if any personal possessions," Mickle stated. "By having this organized drive, it not only helps the victims but also raises awareness of this growing problem."